COVID-19 Faculty Experts

Experts at the University at Buffalo are available to discuss COVID-19 and the societal impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

For help reaching an expert on deadline, please contact UB's media relations team at 716-645-6969 or ub-news@buffalo.edu.

UB's COVID-19 experts by category:

Infectious disease, hospitals

6/16/20

Tildabeth Doscher

Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine

Expertise: addiction medicine, substance use treatment, opioid epidemic, methadone

Phone: 716-829-6775. Doscher can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu.

Email: tildabet@buffalo.edu

Doscher can discuss substance use and addiction medicine in the context of COVID-19, including impacts on people with substance use disorder, the opioid crisis, rehabilitation facilities, telehealth and other issues. In spring 2020, she volunteered for three weeks as interim medical director at Phoenix House, a New York City-area rehabilitation center, as the region fought coronavirus. She also worked at a telemedicine “instant access clinic” for people with opioid use disorder established during the pandemic at New York City’s Bellevue Hospital. As of summer 2020, she holds both positions remotely from Buffalo. 

7/1/20

Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte

Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics

Expertise: pediatric infectious diseases, vaccines, childhood diarrhea, health disparities, COVID-19 community interventions

Phone: 716-323-0150. Gómez-Duarte can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu

Email: oscargom@buffalo.edu

Gómez-Duarte can discuss infectious disease, including preventive measures like social distancing, mask-wearing and hospital infection control; COVID-19’s impact on children; and disproportionate impacts on people of color in underserved communities. Gómez-Duarte is co-leading a project that addresses health inequities in Western New York during the pandemic through community engagement and education. That study also explores how people develop immunity to the novel coronavirus.

6/22/20

Mark Daniel Hicar

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Expertise: pediatric infectious diseases, viral infections, antibody responses against HIV, Kawasaki disease

Phone: 716-323-0150

Email: markhica@buffalo.edu

Hicar can discuss COVID-19's impact on children. He is leading a study that examines how immune responses to the virus may differ in kids versus adults. In addition, Hicar has researched Kawasaki disease in the past and can comment on a serious inflammatory syndrome that has struck some kids who have been infected by the novel coronavirus.

7/11/18

Dennis Kuo

Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics

Expertise: pediatric health policy; health care disparities; immunizations; breastfeeding; children with special health care needs and medical complexity; child health care financing; primary and preventive care

Phone: 716-323-0034

Email: dennisku@buffalo.edu

Kuo, a pediatrician and expert on children with special health needs, can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic puts children with disabilities at significant risk.

8/20/19

E. Brooke Lerner

Professor of Emergency Medicine

Expertise: emergency medicine, emergency care for children, mass shootings, mass casualty incidents

Phone: 716-645-9726

Email: lerner@buffalo.edu

Lerner can discuss COVID-19's impact on emergency medical services (EMS), including the strain on EMS workers; how fear of coronavirus may be preventing some patients from seeking emergency care in a timely manner; and the effects of such delays on public health. Lerner is an emergency medical services researcher and former paramedic.

3/24/20

Timothy F. Murphy

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Expertise: infectious diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), vaccine development, children’s ear infections, health disparities, clinical and translational science

Phone: 716-881-8911

Email: murphyt@buffalo.edu

Murphy can discuss infectious diseases; how they spread; vaccine development; and how infections invade the respiratory tract. He can also discuss inequities in health care access and how COVID-19 could disproportionately affect people of color in underserved communities. He directs the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.

2/19/19

Nancy Nielsen

Senior Associate Dean for Health Policy in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Expertise: Affordable Care Act, Medicare for all, health care policy, Medicare and Medicaid policy, clinicians’ response to the opioid epidemic

Phone: 716-207-6866

Email: nielse@buffalo.edu

Nielsen is an expert on health care policy. A former president of the American Medical Association, she can discuss a variety of issues relating to health care policy, and the strategies to protect health care workers who are at risk of COVID-19.

3/25/20

Thomas A. Russo

Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine

Expertise: infectious diseases; superbugs; antibiotic resistance; drug and vaccine development

Phone: 716-829-2674. Russo can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu

Email: trusso@buffalo.edu

Russo can discuss all aspects of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

12/26/18

John A. Sellick Jr.

Professor of Medicine

Expertise: infectious disease, outbreaks and pandemics, vaccinations, bioterrorism planning, flu, Ebola

Phone: 716-862-8758

Email: jsellick@buffalo.edu

Sellick is an expert on infectious disease. He can discuss pandemics and medical issues involving the spread and prevention of infectious disease.

3/24/20

Sanjay Sethi

Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine

Expertise: respiratory infections and lung disease, especially in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung infections, such as bronchitis and pneumonia

Phone: Sanjay Sethi can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu.

Email: ssethi@buffalo.edu

Sethi, a pulmonologist and expert in COPD and respiratory infections, can discuss how COVID-19 affects patients, especially those with underlying lung disease.

5/19/20

John E. Tomaszewski

SUNY Distinguished Professor and Peter A. Nickerson, PhD, Chair of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences

Expertise: clinical laboratory testing; COVID-19 testing; renal, immunological and urological pathology; digital and computational pathology; kidney disease; anatomical gifts

Phone: 716-829-2846

Email: johntoma@buffalo.edu. Tomaszewski can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu.

Tomaszewski can discuss COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing. He can comment on the importance of testing, as well as challenges such as accuracy of tests and shortages of materials. He is chair of the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences at UB, and chief of service, pathology and laboratory medicine for Kaleida Health.

6/16/20

Peter Winkelstein

Executive Director of the Institute for Healthcare Informatics

Expertise: electronic health/medical records; medical informatics; ethics and informatics; computer modeling

Phone: 716-881-7546. Winkelstein can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu.

Email: pwink@buffalo.edu

Winkelstein is leading a team that developed computer models to help health care providers in Erie County, New York prepare for potential surges in COVID-19 cases. He is an expert on health informatics, and can also discuss the value of electronic health records during the pandemic, along with challenges relating to these systems.

Health disparities, impact on vulnerable communities

6/22/20

Elizabeth Bowen

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: homelessness, homeless youth and young adults, health issues affecting homeless populations

Phone: 716-645-1258

Email: eabowen@buffalo.edu

Bowen is an expert on homelessness. She can discuss the potential impacts of coronavirus on homeless populations, and how society can work to protect homeless people during this crisis.

8/30/19

Gretchen Ely

Professor of Social Work

Expertise: access to abortion and contraception, reproductive health disparities, HPV vaccine

Phone: 716-645-1243

Email: geely@buffalo.edu

Ely can explain how the pandemic is affecting reproductive health services and people’s personal health, including contraception and abortion access. She can discuss implications of restricting access to reproductive health clinics and why the services they offer should be considered essential. Ely can also comment on how the pandemic could increase pregnancy risk and domestic or partner violence.

7/1/20

Oscar G. Gómez-Duarte

Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics

Expertise: pediatric infectious diseases, vaccines, childhood diarrhea, health disparities, COVID-19 community interventions

Phone: 716-323-0150. Gómez-Duarte can also be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu

Email: oscargom@buffalo.edu

Gómez-Duarte can discuss infectious disease, including preventive measures like social distancing, mask-wearing and hospital infection control; COVID-19’s impact on children; and disproportionate impacts on people of color in underserved communities. Gómez-Duarte is co-leading a project that addresses health inequities in Western New York during the pandemic through community engagement and education. That study also explores how people develop immunity to the novel coronavirus.

3/24/20

Timothy F. Murphy

SUNY Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Expertise: infectious diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), vaccine development, children’s ear infections, health disparities, clinical and translational science

Phone: 716-881-8911

Email: murphyt@buffalo.edu

Murphy can discuss infectious diseases; how they spread; vaccine development; and how infections invade the respiratory tract. He can also discuss inequities in health care access and how COVID-19 could disproportionately affect people of color in underserved communities. He directs the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.

4/3/20

Heather Orom

Associate Professor of Community Health and Health Behavior

Expertise: Health disparities, illness risk perception

Phone: 716-829- 6682

Email: horom@buffalo.edu

Orom can discuss how COVID-19 is expected to disproportionately impact communities of color and people of low socioeconomic status due to decades of inequities that have made people with less education, people living in poverty and racial/ethnic minorities more vulnerable to serious COVID-19 disease. She is an associate director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute.

6/24/20

Kelly Patterson

Associate Professor of Social Work

Expertise: social welfare policy; residential segregation; fair housing; gentrification; homelessness; poverty and economic inequality; race and class

Phone: 716-645-1248

Email: klp27@buffalo.edu

Patterson can discuss how residential segregation and economic inequality contributes to health disparities, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes issues tied to unequal access to housing, education, services and food.

12/26/18

Samina Raja

Professor of Urban and Regional Planning 

Expertise: food access, food systems planning, food and urban planning, local government food policy

Phone: 716-829-5881

Email: sraja@buffalo.edu

Raja can discuss how COVID-19 is affecting food systems and food security in the U.S. and around the world. She can discuss resources for helping people access food during the pandemic, including in Buffalo and Western New York. Raja has also worked on projects relating to food security in Kashmir, India and Jamaica.

4/2/20

Michael Rembis

Director of the Center for Disability Studies

Expertise: disability history; disability studies; history of madness and mental illness; mental health in the context of prisons/mass incarceration; history of eugenics

Phone: Michael Rembis can be reached most quickly via email. He can also be reached through Charlotte Hsu in University Communications at 716-645-4655 or chsu22@buffalo.edu.

Email: marembis@buffalo.edu

Rembis can discuss the social and cultural implications of isolation, social distancing, reduced access and healthcare rationing for people with disabilities, including those living with mental illness. He can also comment on the importance of supporting in-home healthcare workers, and of preventing the spread of the virus in jails and prisons, nursing homes, and other assisted living arrangements.​

6/3/20

Henry Louis Taylor Jr.

Director of the Center for Urban Studies

Expertise: urban development, housing, gentrification, underdeveloped neighborhoods, shrinking cities, race and class, U.S.-Cuba relations

Phone: 716-829-5458

Email: htaylor@buffalo.edu

Taylor can discuss the differential impact that COVID-19 is having on African Americans, the Black community and low-income urban groups, especially people living in poverty. This framework includes issues of unemployment, housing and access to treatment. He is a UB professor of urban and regional planning, director of the UB Center for Urban Studies, an associate director of the UB Community Health Equity Research Institute, and a member of the African American Health Equity Task Force in Buffalo.

4/16/20

Bruce R. Troen

Chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine

Expertise: biology of aging, frailty, geriatric medicine, palliative care, caregiving, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, delirium

Phone: Bruce R. Troen can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or goldbaum@buffalo.edu, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or drsitler@buffalo.edu.

Email: troen@buffalo.edu

Troen can discuss how COVID-19 is affecting older adults, including the pandemic’s devastating effect on people in nursing homes.

7/2/20

Hilary Weaver

Professor of Social Work

Expertise: Multicultural social work; historical and contemporary issues affecting Indigenous Peoples, including Native Americans; refugee health and well-being; trauma and resilience

Phone: 716-645-1226

Email: hweaver@buffalo.edu

Weaver can discuss health disparities among Indigenous Peoples, and how inequities in health care access and services have worsened the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on Native American populations. Weaver is a social worker, educator and researcher whose work centers on the importance of culture in helping processes, and how social work and other helping professions can be more responsive to culturally diverse people.

Mental health

9/26/19

Yu-Ping Chang

Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Endowed Professor of Nursing

Expertise: mental health; substance abuse and addiction; family caregiving and dementia

Phone: 716-829-2015

Email: yc73@buffalo.edu

Chang can discuss mental health during the pandemic, including strategies for coping, stress reduction or stress management. She can also comment on stress for frontline workers such as nurses.

12/19/18

Catherine Cook-Cottone

Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

Expertise: yoga, mindfulness, embodied self-regulation, eating disorders, anxiety-based disorders

Phone: 716-645-1128

Email: cpcook@buffalo.edu  

Cook-Cottone is an expert on mindfulness and embodied self-care. She can share strategies for coping with anxiety, fear, stress and social isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

12/8/16

Steven L. Dubovsky

Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

Expertise: trauma, depression, mood disorders, psychosis, psychosomatic medicine

Phone: 716-898-5940

Email: dubovsky@buffalo.edu

Dubovsky can discuss mental health issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, including strategies for managing anxiety and fear. He can also discuss strategies for coping during extended periods of social distancing and isolation.

3/31/20

Shira Gabriel

Associate Professor of Psychology

Expertise: social psychology, social connections, sense of self, the need to belong, comfort food

Phone: 716-645-0227

Email: sgabriel@buffalo.edu

Gabriel, a social psychologist, can discuss mental health problems associated with social isolation. She can also share strategies for maintaining relationships and social connection during periods of physical social distancing.

4/2/20

Michael Rembis

Director of the Center for Disability Studies

Expertise: disability history; disability studies; history of madness and mental illness; mental health in the context of prisons/mass incarceration; history of eugenics

Phone: Michael Rembis can be reached most quickly via email. He can also be reached through Charlotte Hsu in University Communications at 716-645-4655 or chsu22@buffalo.edu.

Email: marembis@buffalo.edu

Rembis can discuss the social and cultural implications of isolation, social distancing, reduced access and healthcare rationing for people with disabilities, including those living with mental illness. He can also comment on the importance of supporting in-home healthcare workers, and of preventing the spread of the virus in jails and prisons, nursing homes, and other assisted living arrangements.​

5/14/20

John M. Violanti

Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Expertise: police stress, health and suicide; PTSD

Phone: 716-829-5481

Email: violanti@buffalo.edu

Violanti is an expert on police stress. He can discuss the mental health and work hazards of police officers, who are among essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Violanti is a research professor and a police veteran who served as a New York State Police trooper for 23 years.

Education, schools

4/1/20

Sam Abramovich

Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction, and Information Science

Expertise: learning sciences, emerging technologies in education, alternative assessments, educational games, digital badges

Phone: 716-645-3174

Email: samuelab@buffalo.edu

Abramovich can discuss how digital technologies can engage — or fail to engage — students of different age groups. An expert on educational assessment, he can also comment on methods for assessing the effectiveness of online education, and how schools can use assessment to support the efforts of teachers, students and families.

4/15/20

Sameer Honwad

Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

Expertise: access, equity and diversity in education; cultural studies; international education; science and environmental education

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: sameerho@buffalo.edu

Honwad can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting access to education and exacerbating inequities in educational outcomes.

4/1/20

Julie Gorlewski

Chair of Learning and Instruction

Expertise: access and equity in education; literacy; teacher preparation

Phone: 716-645-2455

Email: jgorlews@buffalo.edu

Gorlewski can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting access to education and exacerbating inequities, including for students who do not have access to the Internet. She can also discuss curriculum and assessment and the impact of instructional gaps on learning and achievement.

Emergency preparedness and response, supply chains

5/11/20

Joann Sands

Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing

Expertise: disaster response education and training; emergency preparedness and management; the role of nurses in disasters

Phone: 716-829-2342

Email: jsnyder2@buffalo.edu

Sands can discuss how society can prepare students in health care and other professions to respond to disasters and emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. Sands is a nurse practitioner who also has many years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.

3/16/20

Natalie Simpson

Chair of Operations Management and Strategy

Expertise: emergency services and disaster response; supply chain risk and resilience; creative and temporary operations; complex networks

Contact: Natalie Simpson can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Simpson can discuss at-risk supply lines, the logistics of shelter-in-place and the power of temporary organizations during COVID-19. She can comment on how the pandemic will complicate disaster management and response during hurricanes, wildfires and other emergencies. Simpson is a former volunteer firefighter, line officer and certified emergency medical technician. 

12/6/16

Nallan Suresh

UB Distinguished Professor and Chair of Operations Management and Strategy

Expertise: global supply networks; supply chain disruptions; U.S. manufacturing, especially auto and steel industries; global manufacturing; U.S.-China-India trade; logistics; infrastructure; economic development

Contact: Nallan Suresh can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Suresh is an expert on global supply networks. He can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting supply chains for everything from food and other groceries to health care supplies.

5/14/20

John M. Violanti

Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Expertise: police stress, health and suicide; PTSD

Phone: 716-829-5481

Email: violanti@buffalo.edu

Violanti is an expert on police stress. He can discuss the mental health and work hazards of police officers, who are among essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Violanti is a research professor and a police veteran who served as a New York State Police trooper for 23 years.

Gig economy, labor issues

12/19/18

Matthew Dimick

Professor of Law

Expertise: income inequality, tax and welfare policy as it relates to income inequality, corporations, employment law, labor law

Phone: 716-645-7968

Email: mdimick@buffalo.edu

Dimick can discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting workers, including gig workers and others with limited job security. He can also comment on how economic inequality is exacerbating the pandemic's effect, and what solutions policymakers can pursue in the areas of labor and employment law and tax and welfare policy.

5/20/19

Erin Hatton

Associate Professor of Sociology

Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

Phone: 716-645-8476

Email: eehatton@buffalo.edu

Hatton is an expert on the labor force, including the gig economy. She can discuss the impacts of coronavirus on workers, including those who are part of the gig economy and lack job security.

Working from home, workplaces

3/16/20

Kate Bezrukova

Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

Expertise: team chemistry in business and sports; managing a diverse workforce; unconscious bias at work; negotiations and gender; work-life balance; conflict management; artificial intelligence in teams

Contact: Kate Bezrukova can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Bezrukova is an expert on leadership and managing teams. She can share strategies for leading teams effectively and compassionately at a time when remote work is on the rise and many people are juggling work, parenting and other responsibilities. Bezrukova can discuss effective management of both in-person and virtual teams.

3/16/20

Timothy Maynes

Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

Expertise: employee-driven innovation and change; employee productivity, engagement and performance; effective team functioning (especially in sports)

Contact: Timothy Maynes can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Maynes is an expert on team performance and employee productivity. He can discuss remote work and virtual teams, and how managers can maintain trust and encourage continued innovation during the pandemic. Maynes can also discuss effective management of in-person teams.

Business, stock market and financial impacts

4/16/20

Cristian Tiu

Chair of Finance

Expertise: stock market; hedge funds; financial fraud; risk management and asset allocation; institutional investors; text analysis in finance

Contact: Cristian Tiu can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Tiu is an expert on financial issues. He can discuss the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the stock market.

4/16/20

Veljko Fotak

Assistant Professor of Finance

Expertise: corporate finance, international finance, sovereign wealth funds, short selling and stock markets

Contact: Veljko Fotak can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or mgt-pr@buffalo.edu.

Fotak can discuss the pandemic's impact on small businesses and entrepreneurs, and on the stock market. He can also comment on government stimulus packages for businesses.

Elections, democracy and politics

12/27/18

Jacob Neiheisel

Associate Professor of Political Science

Expertise: campaigns and elections, political communication, religion and politics, electoral strategy, voter turnout

Phone: 716-645-8439

Email: jacobnei@buffalo.edu

Neiheisel can discuss the effects COVID-19 is having on the 2020 presidential campaign, voting systems and voter turnout.

International relations, trade

5/18/20

Kathryn Bryk Friedman

Research Associate Professor of Law and Planning

Expertise: Canada-U.S. relations, including policy, trade, labor mobility and border security; water law (Great Lakes and New York State)

Phone: 716-878-2431

Email: kbf@buffalo.edu

Friedman can discuss Canada-U.S. relations during the COVID-19 pandemic, encompassing issues such as travel restrictions, policy decisions, trade and labor mobility.

Communication, information literacy

4/1/20

Heidi Julien

Professor of Information Science

Expertise: digital literacy, information literacy, information behavior, information practice

Phone: 716-645-1474

Email: heidijul@buffalo.edu

Julien is an expert on digital literacy. She can discuss fake news and misinformation, and how people can successfully seek out accurate, trustworthy sources of information about COVID-19.

3/26/20

Yotam Ophir

Assistant Professor of Communication

Expertise: misinformation; persuasion; effect of media content on audiences, including in health, science, politics and terrorism

Phone: 716-645-1158

Email: yotamoph@buffalo.edu

Ophir is an expert on the effect of media coverage on opinions, beliefs, attitudes and behaviors, including in health, science and politics. He can discuss how news stories and social media impact people’s perceptions of COVID-19; trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health organizations; and intention to comply with CDC recommendations. Ophir can also discuss how people can avoid believing and spreading misinformation about the pandemic.

6/25/19

Monica Stephens

Assistant Professor of Geography

Expertise: social media, social media and politics, digital divides, misinformation (fake news), mapping social phenomena, volunteered geographic information (VGI), Big Data, gender and the Internet

Phone: 716-645-0499

Email: mgstephe@buffalo.edu

Stephens analyzes social media to understand trends in society, including in health and politics. She can discuss how social media can address social isolation, provide information and foster dialogue about the COVID-19 pandemic. She is also interested in online rumors about coronavirus, and how organizations are working to detect and prevent misinformation.

Head shot of Helen Wang.

Helen Wang is an associate professor of communication in the UB College of Arts and Sciences. She can offer insight into essential skills for navigating the media and finding accurate information during the COVID-19 and other crises.

3/28/20

Janet Yang

Associate Professor of Communication

Expertise: science, health, environmental and risk communication

Phone: 716-645-1169

Email: zyang5@buffalo.edu

Yang is a health communication expert. She can discuss strategies for keeping communication about coronavirus clear and simple, and how people can find reliable information during the pandemic.

UB COVID-19 Experts in the News

6/29/20

Business Insider quoted Thomas Russo in a report on the safety of new cleaning requirements for Airbnb hosts.

6/26/20

The Boston Globe reported on a UB study authored by E. Brooke Learner that found that 911 calls for emergency medical services (EMS) have dropped 26% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but EMS-attended deaths have doubled. 

6/17/20

NPR's Marketplace quotes Erin Hatton in a story on Target raising the minimum wage to $15, ahead of Walmart, which pays at least $11 an hour. 

6/15/20

Urban studies scholar Henry Louis Taylor Jr. speaks to HuffPost about how non-Black people can be allies in the effort to bring about change.

6/5/20

The Wall Street Journal interviewed Nancy Nielsen in a story on the controversy surrounding a booklet written by Alex Berenson in which he expresses skepticism of how governments are handling the COVID-19 crisis. 

5/29/20

Kathryn Bryk Friedman wrote an article in The Hill about reopening the Canadian border in a responsible way.

5/26/20

An article in Best Life featured Shira Gabriel about how watching television, among other activities, can help fulfill certain social needs.

5/15/20

Newsweek featured Bruce Troen in an article on the role vitamin D plays in fighting the coronavirus.